When you are planning your beard and what you want it to look like – most people imagine a thick luxurious beard that covers their face from cheek to neck. But there’s one thing that a lot of men face when they come to grow their beard – thin or patchy areas on their cheeks. Here we will go through the options available for how to grow a beard on cheeks.
Growing a beard on your cheeks in the hardest part for many men. You have a couple of options – follow them in this order:
- Wait for 12 weeks before deciding you need an intervention!
- Choose a beard with a lower cheek line-height e.g the Balbo beard
- Look for exercise, diet, and sleep routines to boost your testosterone levels.
Despite what other blogs may tell you there is no magic pill or cure for your hair growth. Some people have had success with using Minoxidil to boost hair growth on their face. You can check out the subreddit r/Minoxbeards for more information if you are interested in medical interventions to beard growth.
I do not, however, think that this is the right course of action for most people. At least not when they are starting their beard growing journey. There are plenty of other options for people who want to look good and can not grow dense hair on their cheeks.
Let’s take a look at the best advice for those with a low-density coverage on their cheeks.
Wait for 12 weeks before deciding that you need an intervention
What a lot of people don’t understand is that you inherit a huge portion of your beard growing potential from your parents. Genetics play a huge role in determining if you are able to grow a beard on your cheeks.
You may have inherited sparse or fine beard hair from your ancestors. That makes you unlucky but there’s no reason that you can’t make the most of your situation!
Every person’s hair growth rate is also different with some growing hair slower than others. Before you decide that you need an intervention for your cheek hair you need to wait at least 12 weeks.
Waiting for your beard to grow can be a huge pain in the arse. Check out the stages of beard growth in my blog post, here. But do not forget that the best things in life you need to wait for!
It took my beard about 6 weeks to feel full on the cheeks and I consider myself a good beard grower. Even now, my beard is thinner on the cheeks than it is on my mustache and chin. I’ve come to accept that this is the way my beard grows and it is what makes my beard unique.
If after 12 weeks you are still not happy with the way that your beard hairs are growing on your cheeks you have a few options. I’ve listed them in the order that you should consider implementing them. Saving the riskiest until last!
Trim a lower cheek line
As crude as this may sound simply cutting off the problem areas is a genuinely useful tactic. It draws attention away from your problem areas and highlights the strong parts of your beard!
There is a range of style options for your beard and although it may not be the full beard style that you were dreaming of – there are plenty of actors and fashionistas with these styles of beard!
Beard styles with a low cheek line
There are a few beard options that have no cheek hair at all and some with a low cheek line – don’t believe me that they can look good? Check out these styles:
Balbo Beard Style
This style is characterized by the absence of hair on the cheeks but gives the effect of a full beard by having long hair along the jawline. Having a strong mustache also really helps with pulling off this style!
You can see in this image that the cheeks are very short in length and do not contribute much to the beard. To pull this one off you need to grow out the soul patch and mustache while keeping the length on the sides low.
Patchy is normally something that we want to avoid. It’s seen as bad. But this is not always the case. Check out the beard on the man above. Clearly, the cheek area is the weakest part of his growth. Here, it’s all about the symmetry and strong use of hair that makes this look trendy. Maybe your weak cheek line can become an asset for you! By maintaining this over a long period of time, you are able to rock some attractive facial hair while waiting for a complete beard to grow!
The Classic Goatee
If in doubt about the quality of the hair on your cheeks you can always remove the need for the hair on your cheeks completely! Styles like the classic goatee are a strong choice if you have no other options but still want to rock some facial hair!
Boost testosterone levels
Next, before going for anything extreme like medication or surgery, you can try to boost the testosterone level in your body by natural means.
The more testosterone in your body the more facial hair is stimulated to grow. Check out my blog where this is explained in much more detail – click here.
There’s a whole heap of research that shows that exercise is one way that you can get your testosterone levels up! Not all exercise is created equally, however. Make sure your exercise contains these activities:
- Sprinting – Studies showed that testosterone levels increased significantly for people who performed a series of very short (but intense) 6-second sprints. The testosterone levels remained high even after the participants recovered from the sprint workout.
- Lift Heavy Stuff – Studies have shown that it takes heavy weights to boost testosterone levels. Focus on full-body exercises like squats, deadlifts, benchpresses and free weights at 85 – 95 % of your one-rep max!
- Use Long Rest Periods – Longer rest periods (more than 120 seconds) between reps are better than shorter rest periods.
- Remember to use your legs – Nothing feels more ‘manly’ than doing upper body exercises, like bicep curls or bench press, but studies have shown that there are significant increases in testosterone when leg and lower body exercises are included in the routine.
Try this as a work out:
- Four sets of eight reps bench press with the same squats in between the benchpress.
- Four sets of eight reps deadlifts with the same pull-ups in between.
- Five sets of maximum 10-second sprints
Do this three days per week and you should notice an increase in your overall health and also your testosterone!
Combining your exercise with a diet that will promote testosterone production in your body can help grow your beard.
- Ginger – A 2012 study showed that taking a daily ginger supplement for three months increased testosterone levels by 17.7 percent.
- Pomegranates – Another study showed that drinking pomegranate juice for 14 days increased the testosterone found in their saliva by 24 percent.
- Fortified plant milk – Vitamin D found in plant milk such as almonds, soy, hemp, and flax can increase testosterone levels. You can also get a great boost of vitamin D from the sun too! So remember to get yout and about!
- Leafy green vegetables – Leafy greens are full of magnesium – which is an element that has been shown to increase the levels of testosterone in the human body. Eat lots of spinach, kale and swiss chard!
- Tuna – An animal-based study showed that fish oil can increase testosterone levels. Because this has not been done in humans you need to take this with a grain of salt!
Maybe the above options have not worked for you or you are not willing to give it a go! These last two options should be used as a last resort:
Medication is an option that you should leave for the last resort. There can be a significant expense for the stuff that works and there’s plenty of other options that will not work and stills costs a load of money!
- Boron – There are a couple of studies that show that boron increases the testosterone and DHT levels found in the body. In one study people were asked to take 10 mg of boron every day and after 7 days the results were very encouraging.
- Mucuna Pruriens – There have been two studies that show the testosterone boosting power of this supplement. It has been shown that it increases testosterone levels by about 38 percent.
- Creatine – There are plenty of scientific reports that show how well creatine boosts the levels of testosterone in the human body.
- Ashwagandha aka Ayurveda – There are two studies (here and here) that used human participants with both using 5g per day of ashwagandha root powder for 90 days. Both of the studies found significant increases in testosterone – about 40% and 16% on infertile subjects and about 15% in people with no fertility issues.
The final word
If you are struggling to grow a beard on your cheeks remember that you have plenty of options. Don’t be disheartened if you are one of the people who cannot grow any hair on their cheeks. There are styles that you can adopt that can hide the fact that your growth is weaker.
Please do not jump on the medication bandwagon before you have tried a few less invasive options!
I am an avid beard grower and after many years of growing and trialing different beard styles, I want to share the tips and tricks that I have learned along the way!